Psalm 136 - Praise God for His Goodness and Everlasting Love.
Psalm 136 - Praise God for His Goodness and Everlasting Love.
Psalm 136:1 (NIV) Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His
love endures forever.
Psalm 136:1 (TEV) Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;
his love is eternal.
The word translated "love/mercy" is chesed, which means, "divine
love" [SDA Bible Commentary]
This is a hymn of thanksgiving and is commonly known as the
Great Hallel (Praise). Its unique feature is the recurrence of the
same refrain in each verse with the stress upon God's love/mercy.
[Passages Of Life SB]
Ps. 136 has been known among the Jews as the Great Hallel
(Praise). The recurring refrain "for his mercy endureth for ever" was
doubtless sung as a response, either by the worshipers or by a Temple
choir. [SDA Bible Commentary]
Repeated throughout this psalm is the phrase "His faithful love
endures forever." This psalm may have been a responsive reading, with
the congregation saying these words in unison after each sentence.
The repetition made this important lesson sink in. God's love
includes aspects of love, kindness, mercy, and faithfulness. We never
have to worry that God will run out of love because it flows from a
well that will never run dry. [Life Application SB]
Two choirs sang this psalm. One choir sang the first line of
each verse, and the other choir answered, "For His mercy endures
forever." This was not vain repetition (Matt. 6:7), for the second choir
was offering inspired praise to the Lord...
God reveals His mercy by giving you a wonderful creation to
use and to enjoy (vv. 4-9)...
He reveals His mercy in His care for you, helping you fight
your battles and defeat your enemies (vv. 10-25).
The God of heaven is caring for you on earth! His mercy
endures forever! [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren
The refrain continues over and over: "Give thanks to" him who
did something, because "his faithful love endures forever." Each
refrain also includes a particular example of God's unfailing love in
action. The Israelites sang this glorious song as they praised God for
his creation, for rescuing them from Egypt, for helping them conquer
and inhabit the Promised Land, for remembering them in their
weakness, for saving them from their enemies, and for giving them food and
supplying their needs.
Rewrite this psalm with your own words. Thank God for his
glorious creation--what you see right outside your window, and what you
can't see deep within the atoms or out in the universe. Give thanks to
God for saving you, for the various sins for which you've been
forgiven, and for the blessings you've been given. Then, when you feel
low, read your psalm. Nothing helps to get life back into perspective
than expressing your praise to God for what he has done--and continues
to do--in your life. [The One Year Bible for New Believers]
We should never take any blessing for granted, but accept
everything as a gift from the Father of Lights. Whole days may be spent
occasionally in the holy practice of being thankful. We should write on a
tablet one by one the things for which we are grateful to God and to
our fellow men. And a constant return to this thought during the day
as our minds get free will serve to fix the habit in our hearts...
In trying to count our many blessings, the difficulty is not
to find things to count, but to find time to enumerate them all.
Personally, I have gotten great help from the practice of talking over with
God the many kindnesses I have received from my fellow men. To my
parents I owe my life and my upbringing. To my teachers I owe that
patient line-upon-line instruction that took me when I was a young,
ignorant pagan and enabled me to read and write. To the patriots and
statesmen of the past I owe the liberties I now enjoy. To numerous and
unknown so diers who shed their blood to keep our country free I owe a
debt I can never pay. And I please God and enlarge my own heart when
I remind the Lord that I am grateful for them. For every man and
woman of every race and nationality who may have contributed anything
to my peace and welfare I am grateful, and I shall not let God
forget that I am. A. W. Tozer [Inspirational SB]
If you want to reassure someone of your love, whether a
child, spouse, or friend, you have several methods available. You could
give a gift, give a hug, spend some time with that person, or say, "I
love you." Many people say those words so easily, but the proof-their
actions-isn't always there.
Psalm 136 recites many ways in which God has shown his love
to his people. Read this extensive list and praise your loving
Psalm 136 repeats the phrase "His faithful love endures
forever" twenty-six times, once in every verse. This psalm may have been
a responsive reading, with the congregation saying these words in
unison after phrases spoken by a leader.
The repetition makes the importance of this message obvious:
God loves us, and that love doesn't die, stop, wear out, fade, or
lessen. It lives on, continues, keeps going, lasts. God has done more
for us than we could ever deserve: He created us, gave us life to
enjoy, and, through Christ, freed us from sin. But he didn't stop with
the deeds; he went on to write it down-to say the words.
You never have to worry that God will run out of love for
you. If you ever do, just reread Psalm 136. [The One Year Through the
Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman re Psalm 136:1-6, 23-26]
As a Christian, "your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit" (1
Corinthians 6:19, August 10). He is always at work in your life--past,
present, and future--even when you feel as if you are in "exile" or as if
your life is on hold. Can you look back in your life and find
evidence of God's faithful love, even before you started following
Christ? Stop everything and thank God for all he has done and all he
will continue to do for the rest of your life! [The One Year Bible
for New Believers re Ezra 3:11]
Try to list all of your blessings, and you'll probably soon
realize you can't keep a running tally. There are too many to number!
God created all things with only the best for us in mind. Like the
moon and the stars, our "night-lights" in the darkness that He made
especially for us to enjoy. Everything He created stems from His
loving-kindness, which has no end. [The 365 Daily Promise Bible By Barbour re v.
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